Crash Dive, Book 1: October 1942 - The United States and the Empire of Japan are at war. Charlie Harrison, a young and ambitious lieutenant, reports for duty aboard the S-55, a worn-out WWI-era submarine. While the Battle of Guadalcanal rages on land, air, and sea, the captain plans a daring attack against Rabaul, the heart of Japanese power in the South Pacific. There, the hunter will become the hunted.
Silent Running, Book 2: Lt. Charlie Harrison survived the horrors of Rabaul and the midnight battle with the Mizukaze. When he reports to Sabertooth at Pearl, he must contend with a crew that isn't quite welcoming and an officer protecting a dire secret.While underway, the captain reveals the submarine's mission - travel to the Japanese-occupied Philippines, deliver supplies to the Filipino guerillas, and bring American refugees home.When Sabertooth runs into Yosai, one of the big aircraft carriers that attacked Pearl Harbor, the mission changes. As disaster strikes, Charlie must take command and make the ultimate decision - get the refugees home or risk everything on an all-or-nothing attack.
Battle Stations, Book 3: Fresh from PXO School, Lt. Charlie Harrison is offered a posting on Sandtiger under Captain Gilbert Moreau, a legendary fighting captain in the submarines. Sandtiger's mission? Join an elite wolf pack penetrating the heart of the Japanese Empire. Along the way, Moreau teaches Charlie how to fight and what lines should never be crossed.
Definitely get the three books together. They are short, and this is a good value. They are sequels, so read them in order. Before reading any historic fiction, read as many eye witness accounts as possible. I don't recommend books by historians. For the WWII subs, at least read "Thunder Below" first so you will know the true stories are much more interesting than any of the historic fiction. Also, you will see how the historic fiction is just a collage of real events and people and rarely create something new. If it is new, its usually outlandish, like the jap destroyer running up on the sub and the boarding party attacking from the sub. In the first book are mispronunciations, but they get cleaned up by the third book, especially "submariner" and "garand." Yep, narrate a submarine book and miss pronounce submariner! I appreciate the main character getting a shot of whiskey from Mush Morton at the Pearl Harbor Officer's Club (I recommend "The Bravest Man"). The captain in the third book is obviously based on Dudley Morton because of this tactics, unique to the Wahoo.
Get a list of all of the autobiographies of US WWII submariners, go to Amazon, and find the first edition hardbacks. Most only run about $6. I've been able to collect all of them this way. Richard O'Kane and Charles Lockwood have several books and these two are a good place to start. By the way, my dog is named Anytime O'Kane, a stockdog with the heart of his namesake.
Enjoy going out on patrol. The last of the corsairs.
Your average coming of age tale about a young man going to war. Very theatrical, and dramatic.